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Today is the feast of St George, patron of England, Georgia and Ethiopia. Here on the early 16c screen at Wellingham, Norfolk, the royals look on on the left and the princess to the right as he dispatches the dragon, out of shot. 1/3 More: norfolkchurches.co.uk/wellingham/wel… #StGeorgesDay
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There were different terms for different types of ways or paths; SHEER WAY or SHIRE WAY - a bridle path through grounds which were otherwise private BIER BALKS - church ways or paths, along which a bier or coffin may be carried LISS ROAD or LIST ROAD - a bridle path or farm road
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Today we remember #StAnselm, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who died on this day in 1109. Anselm is famed for his proposal of the ontological argument for the existence of God, and is commemorated in the Cathedral with his own chapel.
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🎧 The Gone Medieval podcast@HistoryHitt is joined by@ClerkofOxfordd as she discusses 'Conquered', an exploration of the Anglo-Saxon families who survived the Norman conquest. Listen here:bit.ly/3Cc66oLY Buy now:bit.ly/3u5qdTdyw
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This opening shows a 1507 copy of an 11thC Life of St Alphege or Ælfheah, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1006 until he was killed by Vikings #OnThisDay in 1012. Today is his feast day. [MS 159]
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Today we remember #StAlphege, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered by a Viking army on this day in 1012. The St Alphege Window depicts scenes leading to his death – including the siege of Canterbury and the Archbishop being taken captive ⚔️
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19 Apr 1012: St.Alphege (Aelfheah) Archbishop of Canterbury killed by #Vikings at drunken feast at #Greenwich #otd (image: ClerkofOxford )
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F235.4.2 Fairies made visible through use of magic soap.
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A reminder of the traditional Kentish Easter fare - Pudding Pies and Cherry Beer.
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"For Goddes blik body it bar for evre body, And it afereth the fend–for swich is the myghte, May no grisly goost glide there it shadweth!" (3/3)
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Til the day dawed, thise damyseles carolden, That men rongen to the resurexion–and right with that I wakede, And called Kytte my wif and Calote my doghter: "Ariseth and reverenceth Goddes resurexion, And crepeth to the cros on knees, and kisseth it for a juwel!" (2/3)
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'THIS JOYFUL EASTERTIDE' An amazingly fresh recording for its age from Exeter Cathedral choir in 1928 and is their first recording of a gramophone record. The choir is directed by Thomas Armstrong who also wrote the final verse descant, youtu.be/Q9WFJHSo-i4
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Word of the Day: SHAKEBOTTLE (n.) Easter Day, from a tradition of shaking liquorice into spring water on Easter morning [19thC dial.] (fr. English Dialect Dictionary, 1904)
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17th April. For Easter Sunday. “Thus all Creation haileth the risen Christ with joy. Flowers, crops flourish with renewed fruit, and birds call sweetly, now that the unhappy frost hath been swept away.” [leperlily.org/wp/hymnbook/en…] #notker #otd
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F642.3.1 Person of remarkable sight can see through hearts of trees.
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An Anglo-Saxon rood from Romsey Abbey in Hampshire. Dating to the 10th century, it’s one of two Anglo-Saxon roods at this remarkable church!
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The wal waggede and cleef, and al the world quaved. Dede men for that dene come out of depe graves, And tolde why that tempeste so longe tyme durede. For a bitter bataille, the dede body seide; Lif and Deeth in this derknesse, hir oon fordeoth hir oother. (5/5)
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“Consummatum est,” quod Crist, and comsede for to swoune, Pitousliche and pale as a prison that deieth; The lord of lif and of light tho leide hise eighen togideres. The day for drede withdrough and derk bicam the sonne. (4/5)
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Detail from the Winchester Hanging Bowl. Dating from the late C7th or C8th, the bowl was found as part of an Anglo-Saxon burial at Oliver's Battery, near Winchester in Hampshire. Now part of the collections at Winchester City Museum. @HantsCulture #FindsFriday
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'Good Friday - rigid fasting formerly practiced - women and girls used to let their hair fall loosely to signify grief - left that way all day'. Full account here: duchas.ie/en/cbe/9000223…
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Hot Cross Buns: Of course you know the Hot Cross Bun Song, but do you know the original 'elves' version... foodsofengland.co.uk/hotcrossbuns.h…
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@ClerkofOxford Good Friday is also a good day for potato-planting; kiss-in-the-ring was another popular custom back in the day.
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In the side chapel of St Ida in Old Fox's church there is a faded painting, rare & beautiful. It depicts Christ crucified on a lily, the battered naily wooden cross transformed to his mother's flower, a Dorset flower of cottage gardens, of high, sweet bird song & long damp grass.
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Falling moon caught fast in the trees, Good Friday.
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Remnants of a medieval wooden crucifix once displayed in All Hallows Church, South Cerney. It was discovered in 1915 walled up in the nave. Imagine the moment they uncovered that singular little face, dripping with ennui. #GoodFriday
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2/2 A detail of the image of Christ the Man of Sorrows at Wellingham, Norfolk. The screen dates from the 1530s, and would have been vandalised by iconoclasts and then covered up within 20 years of its making. Wellingham: norfolkchurches.co.uk/wellingham/wel…
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@ClerkofOxford ‘The better the day the better the deed’ was my Kentish grandmother’s version.
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In anguish in the garden - and in the distance, the soldiers are approaching. 'This is your hour, and the power of darkness.' bl.uk/manuscripts/Fu… bl.uk/manuscripts/Fu… bl.uk/manuscripts/Fu…
The kiss of Judas, an English screen painting of about 1470 now in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge. 'And he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?'
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On Maundy Thursday, here is the end of Thomas Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah, sung @fontevraud. It was amazing to sing this English music in the Loire Valley, next to the graves of Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Richard the Lionheart.
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Sharp Thursday. At first light, Old Fox opened the church. He folded up the Lenten cloth & scrubbed the altar with his best Jessamy soap & a new birch brush. Then home for an early elevenses. Coffee cake & a little sherry, parlour windows flung open to the cold, sweet air.
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Tune in to BBC's History Extra podcast, as @ClerkofOxford, author of Conquered, talks to @DJMusgrove about the young people & families who survived the Norman Conquest of 1066: bit.ly/3u6Yykw
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Morning vista like a delicate water colour: A painterly view through the C18th window of the Beverley Arms of the divine C15th St. Mary’s, Beverley, Yorkshire.
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The fabulous @ClerkofOxford responding to questions at the end of an excellent presentation on the royal saints in the Prayer Book Calendar. So ends a really enjoyable @prayerbook_soc Lent seminar series. Six outstanding speakers, and a great group of participants.
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The light perceives the very heart of the darkness. HALDIR. #LOTR #Tolkien
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Oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know. CELEBORN. #LOTR #Tolkien
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The passing seasons are but ripples ever repeated in the long long stream. LEGOLAS. #Tolkien #LOTR
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A sous-bois gown for a damp April morning, under the greening trees where Robin Goodfellow & the mousehunts wander & the violets & the mercury & the fair-in-sight hold their seely courts.
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Detail on the 15th century screen at Saxthorpe in Norfolk - a delicate hand painted trail of flowers and foliage.
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Martin Schongauer Madonna and Child in a Window, about 1485–1490 (The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles) Here he's looking for the right place in the book.
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12 Apr 627: St Paulinus baptises King Eadwine at #York in the new church of St. Peter there #otd
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Tonight at 7.30pm we have a service of 'Tenebrae' for Holy Monday. Tenebrae is the Latin word for “shadows” or “darkness”, and it offers a particularly powerful opportunity to reflect on the events of Holy Week. Watch live: youtu.be/Gk99B6FoqQ8
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"The old and the young may experience things differently, but nonetheless the bonds across generations can be very strong – more powerful than what divides us." Read @ClerkofOxford's reflections on writing Conquered @HistoryToday: bit.ly/37MgCI3
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This 14th-century manuscript fragment was once part of an Antiphoner (book of liturgical chants) & contains hymns for #HolyWeek. The text is spaced out ready for musical notation to be added but it never was. For comparison here's another fragment with music added. 📷 MS B.III.12k
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